If only we could ask our sick pets to help us understand where they hurt or what they are feeling. At Mill Plain Veterinary Clinic, diagnosis is key; and after a thorough examination, a series of diagnostic tests is often necessary to identify and treat the medical condition.
At Mill Plain Veterinary Clinic, we pride ourselves on being able to diagnose and treat the majority of internal ailments that can affect your dog and cat. Occasionally, if further diagnostics or special procedures are required, we refer to a local veterinary specialist, such as a neurologist, cardiologist, or internal medicine specialist, in order to ensure the absolute best care of your pet. Given our location in Fairfield County, the majority of specialists are located within an hours drive from our clinic.
Allergies & Dermatology
If left untreated, allergy-related conditions can become serious health concerns for your pet. Therefore, it is important to identify and act on the first signs of allergies and dermatological conditions, which may include ear infections, skin infections, itchy skin, rubbing eyes or mouth, flaking, hair loss, red itchy bumps, and allergy-induced respiratory issues.
These problems can indicate a serious dermatological or allergic reaction to fleas, pollen, dust and various foods. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important that you bring your pet to us for an evaluation.
A dermatological consultation at Mill Plain Veterinary Clinic always focuses on relief and healing for your pet. We take the time to explain your pet's condition, how to prevent future occurrences, and the proper method of treatment.
Oncology & Cancer Treatment
The word cancer can immediately cause us to panic; however, with new advances in veterinary medicine many pets are living longer with a greatly improved quality of life.
Successful cancer treatment often lies in early detection. Early detection can be difficult at times as cancer may not only present itself as a lump on the skin, but may develop inside the body. If this occurs, a thorough examination with diagnostic tests (x-rays, ultrasound) can often discover the tumor. If left undiagnosed, most cancers will progress to illness and may lead to an early demise of the dog or cat.
Treatment also depends on the type and location of the cancer. If possible, surgical removal of the tumor is recommended. Some types of cancer are responsive to chemotherapy, which include a variety of oral and injectable drugs. Dogs and cats tend to tolerate chemotherapy well and rarely develop side effects.
At Mill Plain Veterinary Clinic, we offer in-house surgical and chemotherapy treatments of cancer, as well as referral to local veterinary oncologists.
Eye conditions in dogs and cats can not only be painful, but can also be an outward representation of systemic disease. Conditions such as scratches, ulcers, conjunctivitis, glaucoma, and lens luxations are routinely diagnosed on eye exams. If your pet is showing any signs of eye pain, such as, squinting, redness, tearing, or light sensitivity, we recommend that you make an appointment for your pet to be evaluated as soon as possible, as some eye conditions are true emergencies.
Just like in people, dogs and cats are commonly diagnosed with heart conditions. While many heart conditions are manageable with medications, other conditions are serious and can lead to congestive heart failure or sudden death. Our team at Mill Plain Veterinary Clinic will listen to your pet’s heart at every wellness examination in order to catch early signs of heart disease, such as a murmur or arrhythmia, and recommend treatments and diagnostics that can help prolong their life.